Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not. -II Corinthians 4:1 (KJV)
Here we have the reminder that we have a ministry, we have received mercy, and because of Jesus Christ we will have strength and not grow weary. The heaviness of spirit that afflicts countless people is detrimental to our productivity in the Lord. Such heaviness keeps us from being effective in the kingdom of God. That is why we claim the blessed promises of God that in Christ we are of value and we have a ministry.
Ministry will be worked out in unique ways among all of God’s people. Ephesians 4:12 says that we have been given various gifts for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. That is an awesome responsibility. Christ has called us to reach out in His name and to always be involved in the work of the ministry. Each of us has different gifts and talents, and we are meant to put those gifts to work in sharing the love of the Lord with others.
What is our ministry? We all have the ministry of reaching people for Jesus Christ, and we all have the ministry of being the light of Jesus in a sin-darkened world. Jesus Christ has brought the light, and we are to be that light among the people of the world. We can make a difference, but we must rise up and in Jesus’ name allow God to have His will and way in our lives. A little Jewish girl named Anne Frank said this about making a difference in the world: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” That little girl was arrested during Hitler’s reign of terror and she later died in a Nazi concentration camp. But those hopeful words resonate today. We don’t have to wait a single moment to start to improve the world. It can happen right away as we share the love and light of Jesus Christ in the world.
Has God called you to a ministry, but you have not responded? What is holding you back? With the Lord’s help we can always accomplish whatever we are called to do. When we are faithful to our calling in Christ Jesus we are blessed. Do not fear stepping out on faith and following Christ’s leading in your life. Wide open vistas of service to Christ are waiting to be explored. Move forward in faith and respond to the call.